Wednesday, May 17, 2017

President Trump Will Push For An 'Arab NATO' When He Visits The Middle East Later This Week

President Trump meets with Saudi Defense Minister and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Oval Office on March 14. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)

Washington Post: Trump to unveil plans for an ‘Arab NATO’ in Saudi Arabia

When President Trump arrives in Riyadh this week, he will lay out his vision for a new regional security architecture White House officials call an “Arab NATO,” to guide the fight against terrorism and push back against Iran. As a cornerstone of the plan, Trump will also announce one of the largest arms-sales deals in history.

Behind the scenes, the Trump administration and Saudi Arabia have been conducting extensive negotiations, led by White House senior adviser Jared Kushner and Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The discussions began shortly after the presidential election, when Mohammed, known in Washington as “MBS,” sent a delegation to meet with Kushner and other Trump officials at Trump Tower.

After years of disillusionment with the Obama administration, the Saudi leadership was eager to do business. “They were willing to make a bet on Trump and on America,” a senior White House official said.

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WNU Editor: More appropriately this will an 'Arab NATO' made up of Sunni states.


fred lapides said...

an alliance against Shia

Jay Farquharson said...


It was tried in Yemen,

Nothing like doubling down on failure.

Blackdog said...

I wonder what Israel thinks about this ?

Jay Farquharson said...

Israel's fine with it and has been pushing for it for decades.

They know that the Arab Militaries are no real threat to Israel, all the Jerusalem/ Palistinian verbage is just empty words, and all the Arab Regimes are as hollow, shakey and vulnerable as Saddam, Quafaddi or Assad.

Iran on the other hand, while not a military danger to Israel, is a political threat, with deep internal roots and solid alliances.